I got to meet Matt Brynildson head brewer at Firestone Walker

It was Thursday February 13th 2014 and it was SF beer week. Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose was having the Firestone Walker The Roots of XVII. This was a huge event with rare ales from the company and Matt Brynildson giving seminar on blending barrel aged beers.

This wound up to be a good and bad day. My wife and I went to sleep train in the morning to get a new mattress. The event started at 6:00pm and they came to deliver my mattress at 6:00pm and after 30 minutes of the two guys arguing and calling people they tell me the mattress isn’t on the truck and they will be back later. We’ll 45 minutes later they show up with the mattress and now it’s 7:20pm and my family and I still need to eat dinner before I go to the beer event.

My wife and 2 kids have a tradition of going to pizza my heart for two heart shaped pizzas the day before valentines day. We went and did that some I didn’t get to Harry’s until 9:45pm. Without saying I missed the seminar and some of the rare ales.

When I got there I said hi to my group of friends then got my first beer. They still had Velvet Merlin on cask so I got one. When I sat down next to my friend Daniel little did I know on my other side was Matt Brynildson eating dinner. My other friend Scott all drunk came up and made a big deal who I was sitting next too. We talked about stuff but I didn’t talk his ear off about beer I thought he got a lot of that’ll already. I did tell him how the Velvet Merkins release was one of the best beer event I’ve ever been too. My friend Justin opened a bottle of Sante Adairius – Nonna’s blend #5 surprisingly Matt had never had any Sante beers.

I did get to have a couple beers here they are

Velvet Merlin (on cask) – Firestone Walker ABV 5.5% 4 out of 5 nice dark black with a thick tan head. Light and smooth on cask.

Nonna’s Blend #5 – Sante Adairius rustic ales ABV 5.7% 4.5 out of 5 very good sour!

Parabola (2013) – Firestone Walker ABV 13% 4.5 out of 5

Sucaba (2013) – Firestone Walker ABV 13% 4.5 out of 5

Half Sucaba & Half Double DBA – Firestone Walker – This is an AMAZING mix!! They really work well together. My Friend Daniel said he thought it was the best mix he’s ever had- no photo


Japan Town Beer Walk – SF Beer Week Saturday 2/8/14


San Jose Japan town Beer Walk was Saturday February 8th and was one of the first events during San Francisco Beer Week 2014. It was a great day with no rain. The event had 22 breweries each at different locations in a couple block radius in Japan town San Jose. We didn’t make it to all 22 stations but we had a great time and had good company. There wasn’t rare ales, most of the brews you can find in store but it was a great event.

I went with my good friend beer Jesus then met up with my cousin Tim. Later we met some co workers of mine. It was great seeing fellow beer bloggers Jaye from http://www.Thebeerheads.com which is always good conversation and Derrick Peterman of http://beer-runner.blogspot.com

I was impressed with two new breweries for me Firehouse and Mavericks. Also I confirmed that unfortunately don’t like San Jose’s Strike Brewery and I really wanted to like them. After the event my buddy and I walked all the way over to Original Gravity for their bruery event and then to Good Karma to see our friend on her last day of work.

I didn’t taste all the beers but here is a list of what I did have.

Big Wave Golden Ale – Kona Brewing Company Style: Golden Ale ABV: 4.4% 2 out of 5

Pivo Pils – Firestone Walker Brewing Company Style: Pilsner ABV: 5.3% 3 out of 5

Blonde – Strike Brewing Company Style: Blonde Ale ABV: 4% 1 out of 5

Imperial Red – Strike Brewing Company Style: American Amber / Red Ale ABV: 6.5% 3.5 out of 5

Barrel Roll No. 3 – Pugachev’s Cobra (2013) – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 13.8% 4 out of 5

Chocolate Porter – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Style: American Porter ABV: 8% 4 out of 5

Dark Night Oatmeal Stout – Santa Cruz Ale Works Style: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 6% 4 out of 5

Tower 10 IPA – Karl Strauss Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 7% 3.5 out of 5

Sneak Attack – 21st Amendment Brewery Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale ABV: 6.2% 3.5 out of 5

Mavericks Back In The Saddle Rye Pale Ale – Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Style: Rye Beer ABV: 3.75% 4 out of 5

Porter – FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale & Palo Alto, CA) Style: Porter ABV: Not Available 4.5 out of 5

Hops on Rye – FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale & Palo Alto, CA) Style: American IPA ABV: 7.5% 4 out of 5

Liberty Ale – Anchor Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 5.9% 3.5 out of 5

DayTime Fractional IPA – Lagunitas Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 4.65% 4.5 out of 5

Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas Brewing Company Style: American Imperial / Double Stout ABV: 9.2% 4 out of 5

Maltopia – Hermitage Brewing Co. Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy ABV: 9% 4 out of 5

Hoptopia Double IPA – Hermitage Brewing Co. Style: Imperial / Double IPA ABV: 8% 4 out of 5

He’Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Company Style: Fruit Beer ABV: 8% 1 out of 5

Accumulation Winter White IPA – New Belgium Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 6.2% 4 out of 5

Chang Classic – Thai Beverage PLC Style: Golden Lager ABV: 6.4% 3 out of 5

Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Oskar Blues Brewery Style: Czech Pilsener ABV: 5.3% 3 out of 5

Oude Tart (w/ Cherries) – The Bruery Style: Flanders Red Ale ABV: 7.5% 5 out of 5

Hopocalypse – Drake’s Brewing Company Style: Imperial / Double IPA ABV 9.3% 4.5 out of 5

Melange a Bruery SF Beer week Tuesday

2-12-13 Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose Melange a Bruery- the Bruery tap take over. On Tap: The Bruery Hottenroth, Melange 3, Saison De Lenete, Sour in the Rye, Loakal Red, Mischief, Smoking Wood, Humulas Lager, Autumn Maple, Rugbrod

hottenroth – German -style tart wheat beer- ABV 3.1% the smell is very yeasty. A very cloudy yellow light golden color. The flavor is very flat with not much kick.


Melange 3 – blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ale- ABV 15% – a very dark black color. The smell is a strong strong oak aged flavor and smells like a stout. The flavor strong, sweet, and smooth


Saison De Lenete – Fresh hippiness and wild rustic Brett character – ABV 6.5% -The scent is very musky strong. The flavor is like a strong white Belgian ale
The color is a cloudy golden color


Sour in the Rye – sour rye ale aged in oak barrels – 7.76% – a very darker orange golden color with a soils white lacing. The sent is sour and floral. The flavor is very sour at first and the turns very sweet, it had a sweet almost honey and floral flavor. This is one of the best sours I have ever had


loakal Red – 75% American red ale , 25% Ale aged in American oak barrels- ABV 6.9%- The smell is very hoppy like a IPA. The color is a dark amber brown color. The flavor is hoppy like a American pale ale for sure is isn’t overpowering but most hops


Mischief Hoppy Belgian-style golden strong ale – ABV 8.5% – a very light yellow color. Mch lighter color then I thought it would be from the description. It has light hoppy scent. A very dry tart flavor it’s a strong flavor but very light notes of hops


Smoking Wood – Smoked Imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels – ABV 13% – a pitch black color. A strong oak aged smell. Extremely strong smokey flavor


Humulas Lager – Imperial pale lager with 4lbs. Of hops per barrel- ABV 7.4%- a dark golden color with a light white lacing the smell is of hops like an IPa and the flavor is strong of hops like a American pale ale almost IPA


This night we have a bunch of people with us my drinking partner Jesse, my co workers Alex and Matt and Alex’s wife Kat then later my Cousin Tim I haven’t seen since I was a kid and were now grown up and meeting for beer. He came up from the OC for SF beer week. Tim’s sister and best friend showed up later that night. It was a good night of beer The Bruery never fails to please and amaze